1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.
2. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.
3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.
4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.
5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.
6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.
8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.
9. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.
11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.
12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.
13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.
14. The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.
15. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?
The heart of mankind is corruptible and always seeking self interest. We are constantly seeking more. More money, more power, more pleasure. The Founders sought a formula that would pit mankind's natural tendencies against one another in government structure to create the checks and balances as we know them today. Their formula worked fairly well, but has been overcome by politicians of ambition and avarice, as Benjamin Franklin put it.
16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
1. The most important political issue is to reign in the general government with the Constitution. The ignorance and blatant disregard amongst our elected representatives is tragic. The bureaucracy of government and the domination of the political landscape by just two parties since 1860 have resulted in a vested interest on both groups to continue the status quo. The only tool we have against this is the Constitution. 2. The federal debt is now pushing toward $18 Trillion. I have grandchildren and I'm gravely concerned about the world they will inherit from me. 3. I am a veteran and know very well from personal experience how poor the quality of service is with VA. I have a reconstructed eardrum due to their incompetence and poor internal communications. It took seven months for me to see a neurosurgeon for back pain recently. I would propose a bill to fully mainstream our veterans into the civilian medical sector.
17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
No. Life is the most important of all unalienable rights endowed upon us by our Creator. Human life is human life no matter the circumstances of its beginning. Government is instituted to secure our unalienable rights, for all citizens no matter their age, condition, or location. Government's first duty is to protect life, all human life. Government cannot be allowed to determine this life is more worthy of protection than that one.
18. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.
God, Voters, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court
19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe in one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He came to live a sinless life and die on the cross for the propitiation of our sins. I believe that faith without works is dead, that God does not want Christians to sit on their faith on the political sidelines. We have a system of government in which We the People are the boss, that our government is to govern with the consent of the governed, and that Christians have been MIA. I believe our nation was founded by Christian men, including many pastors, on Christian principles. I believe that God has no feet, hands, or voice other than through His children and that He is calling them to do their civic duty to save our children and grandchildren from tyranny.